Aberystwyth born Sophie Francis was schooled at Cwmpadarn and Penglais, is 23 years old and after working in hospitality since she was a Saturday girl seven years ago, her love of animals led her to open Aber’s 1st dog friendly café, Sophie Bach on Cambrian Place.

Speaking to Huw she said about the history of the building and the business:

“The history of the building is steeped in food, from James the Bara to latterly, a café named Bach. I’ve just celebrated being open two years here and have just employed my first person.”

After Huw asked about what delights people can get when they come to Sophie Bach, Sophie replied: “Everyone coming here can enjoy honest, homemade food. We offer savoury treats like homemade Cawl and soup, warming dishes and hot and cold snacks. We make all of the cakes ourselves and always have a vegan and gluten free option. That’s for the owners but the real guests have homemade doggie ice cream, handmade donuts, lollypops and biscuits! For our furry friends to drink we have Pawsecco, Bottomsniffer beer and posh pooch tea…

As the title of this article suggests, Sophie’s efforts over the past two years have been rewarded with a really lovely accolade. Sophie is clearly thrilled with the recognition:

 “It’s so amazing to be anonymously voted one of the top 10 independent cafes in Wales according to VisitWales.com. We are the only one in Ceredigion and are so proud that in such a short space of time, something great has happened to my café and to Aberystwyth generally.”

Asked why she thinks that Sophie Bach got you nominated in the first place, Sophie replied:

“We offer a really warm welcome to new and old customers, always going out of our way to welcome both dogs and their owners too. They love coming to have a chatter with fellow customers in a small and cosy environment – it’s like being at home in their lounge!”

Everyone at the EGO® congratulates Sophie on her recent nomination and wishes her and her business all the very best for the future.

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